posted this on December 16, 2011 01:42 PM
I have a pure black driver that was not read very well by the sensors. To fix this, I applied a 1.5inch wide piece of masking tape along the contour of the driver face at the bottom - fixed the problem.
Sensing a driver seems to be the main issue with a lot of players. I have found that certain shadows and lighting can affect the reading drastically so to fix the problem I am using a Goose neck LED light about 12" above the center of the pad just on the side. as my setup due to the contractor can only be used for RH players this causes no issues. The second part is no matter what driver you are using or even a three wood or five wood with a club head speed above 90 MPH it cannot register properly without adding a tape of a different colour less than a 1/4 back and parallel to the face. Most of the erroneous readings are actually created by the golfer and the face angle or touching the matt and scrubbing off speed. I believe that is the only flaw with the unit as soon as you touch the matt even after the ball the readings are off.
We noticed with our setup that daylight was coming in through the entry door of the garage and this was messing up a lot of the drivers the guys were using, now this door is about 15' from the sensor. We put a simple pull down window shade over the opening and this was the fix for a lot of the clubs. On the solid black soles we put a 1/2" wide masking tape on the sole and that helped them. We also have an under counter fluorescent light (12") set about knee high and back about 10' from the pad. No one complains about their driver not working the way it should.
You are invited to come over anytime to hit your 300 yard drives! You da man
I have a R11 and have no issues with readings. It's funny when other people come over and think it's the game and I take their driver and hit a straight 300yd drive. It's not always the sensor, it can be the golfer that's screwed up. I know, crazy right. I do usually have it fairly dark in the garage but I've used it with a lot of lighting (both day light and incandescent bulbs) and it still seems to work fine.
After a lot of trial and error I found the ideal solution that even works in dim light. You have to use good old (non reflective) black Hockey tape! Apply tape to the entire driver bottom but leave about 1 inch at the leading edge. I've used it on my Callaway Xdriver and my TaylorMade R9 and R540XD. Finally, I can actually use my driver on this!
I've had pretty good success with mine. I have a cheap extension lamp (One that clamps onto a table surface) from which I use a 60 watt I believe fluorescent energy saving coiled bulbs (Uses only 13 watts) and I have it over the sensor so that it keeps the shadow of the ball slightly towards the sensor. This works great for my setup and 99 percent of the time have very accurate results. The only problem that I have is that when I hit a really good one flush and centre my measured speed reading a lot of the time measures way low.
I do know that lighting plays an intrigal part. Play with this and find what's best for you.
For those who have got the tape to work on their driver can you post pics on how you did it.
I have an R11, R9, R7 and I can’t get any of them to read anywhere near correct. At chipping speed they do a little better but it is still reading the club face wrong and at a full swing it if REALLY wrong. I have done the reflective tape both with and without black taping off the rest of the driver and still nothing. I have blade irons and it read those well so I know it does work, however without the use of the driver it make a Huge part of the product unusable. I have contacted tech support but they were completely useless as they told me simply that it is my driver and that I should buy theirs. Funny, I never saw them make any mention of that in their commercial or on their packaging.
Fact of the matter is that I like the product, when it works, and I would love for them to help me to get it to work, and for $400 bucks I think they should.
Hi guys, Try black tape on the sole of the driver. I use an R11 and the tape covers all the cavities and then i just leave a 2cm leading edge clear on the sole. Works perfectly for me and because its black the sensors think its like reading an iron... but i get to use my own driver!
buy yourself the cheapest driver you can get with the sole as flat as possible (no fancy contours). Then tape the leading edge with 5mm non reflective black tape to create a straight edge. Then 1cm of reflecting silver (aluminum) tape, and then the remaining club sole with the black tape. With that you will get the best possible results.
I have a r11 driver and it won't read it.Most times it doesn't read at all but if it does the clubhead speed and impact angle are way off. Is there anything I can do.I have tried some different types of tape but with little success.
I have had a few issues with drivers when we use the machine with florecent lighting in the area. I would highly recomend that you set up alternate lighting that is a little dimmer say 40 watt that is incandecent. the issue with woods i believe is the faster club head speeds and 60 Hz where it sometimes does not get an accurate reading especially off Florecent or CFL lighting. Try LED or Incandecent where the fliker is not as noticible.
With my woods I had to adjust the off set manually so it would copy my normal swing and flight path. Now my normal swing on the course shows the same on the optishot. At first every swing was a slice no matter how much I tried to close the face or a big hook. After the adjustment its just like playing on the course. Down the right side with a draw.
I tried to upload 2 pics, one of my net setup and a lighting pic but it wouldnt upload. It started but just continued to upload and never finished. I resized the pics smaller 500x somthing. Should be a small file and I have fast transfer speed but it never finished the upload. Any ideas
@Butch That is great to hear! I wonder if you might be willing to take some digital pictures of your setup and post them here.
I got my optishot today. I swing the R11 AND TAYLORMADE 3 wood and rescue wood with ping eye2 irons. I've seen all the fixes for the woods so I was prepared for the worsed. After setting up all the club distances and lofts and lies I hit the driving range. To my surprise all my woods register every shot with good results. Irons also are working perfectly. I couldnt be happier with the product. Im not sure what im doing differently to get mine all to work so well. I've played 2 18 hole rounds without a single miss on reading the shot.
Yea I tried all the tape tricks with my R11 and Burner. None of them helped. I only have fluorescent lighting in the area and there are no windows for sunlight to come in. So I bought the Optishot driver and now 50 to 70% of my drives are more accurate. However the Optishot driver is much shorter and flexible than my drivers.
Had the same problem with 3 different drivers. Went to Advanced auto parts and bought chrome tape called Metallic Tape by Trim Bright put it on the bottom driver then outline the club with black cloth tape about 1/2" works on all drivers I've used even the TM white ones.
theres not a single wood in my bag that reads accuratly... i simply use my 3 iron for every wood shot.. drives, rescue hybrid, 3 and 5 wood shots.. granted, im not swinging my driver, but it reads perfectly every time. You may need to add a bit of distance % to make up for the lesser head speed given the shorter club.. its been working really well for me.. just my 2 cents
I have the Cleveland 310 XL and I am having major inconsistencies with swing speed and shot trajectory. I know my normal shot is 112mph and averages 305, but I have seen everything from 181 yds @ 77mph to 389 yds @147mph. I use flourescent lighting, calibrated to my exact clubs for loft, lie, offset, shaft length etc.. but nothing seems to work.
I have tried taping the bottom edge of my Ping G15 driver with duct tape, electrical tape, masking tape, foil tape nothing seems to work.......anyone have any luck with a G15?
i was getting wild results from my driver, FT-3. Even at slow swing speeds. Lighting was good so I tried the masking tape trick. Worked great!
Referring to lighting- I have incandescent recessed lighting. If you have your lights on a dimmer, drop to roughly half and the sensors will read properly.
FYI....I also use nothing but fluorescent lighting.
I have an R11 my neighgor has an R5. I applied white 1" medical tape to the botton leading edge of driver. Fixed the problem.
having the same problem. seems to only work at lower clubhead speed but not with straight path only sinside/out outside/in swing paths.
No problems on any of my Burner drivers of old.
Just got a R 11 driver and no matter what I do I cant get the sensor to read it. I have tried masking tape, silver tape etc. ... no luck.
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